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died. It was the Seven­ties and they were us­ing a very un­pre­dictable anaes­thetic.

“Don­ald sprang into ac­tion, grab­bing the dead cat and run­ning out­side. He be­gan whirling it around, some­thing vets and farm­ers do with new­born lambs to en­cour­age them to take their first breath.

“But Don­ald swung the cat with too much vigour. It slipped

from his hand and shot into the gar­den of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion next door, hit­ting a man who let out a stream of ex­ple­tives. Sadly, the cat’s flight had no ef­fect on its breath­ing – it re­mained dead.”

In the Eight­ies, when All Crea­tures Great and Small drew 18 mil­lion view­ers a week, Peter said there would be hordes of fans wait­ing at the surgery to get a book signed by “James Her­riot”.

Peter says: “It was not un­like hav­ing a rock star in our midst, al­beit one who avoided the lime­light and didn’t en­joy be­ing the cen­tre of at­ten­tion. Peo­ple were com­ing from Ja­pan, Aus­tralia and Amer­ica. Alf, be­ing a gen­tle­man, didn’t want to let his fans down.

“His in­flu­ence was far sub­tler than teach­ing me ve­teri­nary skills. When he took me on calls he of­ten played clas­si­cal mu­sic.

“We would drive along lis­ten­ing to Beethoven or Mozart. Hear­ing

From left: Robert Hardy, vets Don­ald Sin­clair, James Her­riot and Brian Sin­clair, and Peter Dav­i­son. Robert played Siegfried (the TV ver­sion of Don­ald) and Peter played Tris­tan (Brian) on screen


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